Synopsis: Learn how John Reed Fox assembled the decorative latticework in his cabinet, featured on the back cover.
The decorative latticework in John Reed Fox’s cabinet (back cover) is based on example he has studied in Japanese shoji screens and transom frames. Like the originals, his latticework, or kumiko, is assembled largely without glue-almost all the parts are merely press-fit, putting a premium on perfect accuracy in the joinery. Made carefully, however, the latticework is extremely rigid. Fox’s work begins with a known opening for the lattice panel and a very precise full-scale drawing. He generally builds with Port Orford cedar, which is straight-grained and relatively soft, but will hold a clean, sharp edge. To the back of the lattice, Fox glues a sheet of handmade paper, available in art supply stores.
From Fine Woodworking #226
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